Many Free cell phone companies offer smartphones. Lifeline assistance helps low-income families with free government cell phones and affordable phone services.
It isn’t enough to get free phones and service, now everyone wants a smartphone. First of all, it is not mandatory that cellular providers offer cell phones. This is up to the cell phone providers themselves. But it is a wise move to keep up with the technology.
Most free cell phone companies now offer smartphones. Some offer inexpensive older model phones when you apply for service. Most Lifeline providers, now offer Androids and Smartphones or BYOP programs.
The Truth about Lifeline Cell Phones
When you received your first free government cell phone do you remember how small it was? We have had complaints about some providers that send out tiny phones. If you are elderly or have vision problems, you will probably have a hard time using the phone.
Keep in mind when providers send out phones they do not send the same phone to everyone. They send what phones are available and they are not the latest models. But can you complain when you are getting something for free?
It is, however, OK to want a better phone that provides better service. Today most companies now offer smartphones initially. You can also get a smartphone for a reasonable fee when you upgrade your services.
The Difference between a Standard and Smartphone
While a standard phone allows you to make phone calls, has call waiting, an address book. Some standard phone allow you to take low-grade pictures or even videos. These are fine if you only want to make and receive calls.
Due to the operating system, smartphones are basically a small computer. It has a better operating system, like Android phones, Blackberry operating system, or Windows phones. These phones allow you to make calls, text message, play games, download apps, watch videos and a lot more. If you work or are in school, this is a must to keep up with your lifestyle.
Free Cell Phone Companies Offer Smartphones
Because a Lifeline cell phone companies offer smartphones does not necessarily mean those phones will provide you with the robust internet experience you are hoping for. It is incumbent upon you to inquire as to the capabilities of that “smartphone.”
Here are the results of our research. We’ll begin with Safelink Wireless, the biggest name in the Lifeline Assistance business, and work our way down through the smaller companies:
Providers that Offer Smartphones
- Access Wireless
Access Wireless is only offered in Maryland, Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. The do offer Smartphones with you sign up.
- American Assistance
Approved customers receive a free smartphone, 500 talk and text minutes and 500 MG of 3G data a month. Their Freedom Android Smartphone has touch screen, camera, Bluetooth, wi-fi.
- Assurance Wireless
n Assurance Wireless clients receive a free Android Smartphone, 350 voice minutes, unlimited text monthly and 500 MB free data monthly. California customer can receive Android Smartphones and wi-fi access. Phones not compatible with iPhones.
- Budget Mobile
Budget Mobile does offer Free Android Smartphones, to Lifeline customers. Services now available in California and Oklahoma and 500 free minutes and free texts. Apply here.
- Cintex Wireless
Yes, they offer and free Smartphones, iPhones t o Lifeline qualified customers. Apply today and receive 500 free minutes, unlimited text messages and a free smartphone. Find out more here.
The EnTouch does have a “Bring Your Own Phone” program for Lifeline customers. You can bring your iPhone or Android to use with this phone service. Find out more.
- Life Wireless
Yes, they offer Android smartphones when you apply and qualify for the Lifeline program. Appy here.
- Safelink Wireless
Safelink offers smartphones when you upgrade. You can purchase a new phone on their website. They have a bring your own phone program. Phone prices begin at $29. Link to buy a phone or bring your own phone.
- QLink Wireless
QLink does offer free smartphones, to qualified customers, along with free monthly talk and unlimited text and picture messaging.
- Tag Mobile
Tag Mobile offers Smartphones to its Lifeline customers. They provide unlimited talk, texting, and data, they also offer a BYOP program. California customers receive 500 MG of LTE speeds and worldwide calling.
- TerreCom Wireless
This company offers unlimited talk, texting, the Internet and a free cell Smartphone. Apply
While this company was once one of the most popular providers they no longer work with the Lifeline free government phone program.
- True Wireless
Yes, True Wireless offers a variety of Smartphone models including older model iPhones.
“True Wireless offers customer service 7 days a week and access to the VOOZ app, which provides unlimited talk and text.” Read more here.
- Wireless for Hope (Easy Wireless)
With this company, you can receive an Android or iPhone. Keep in mind that the company sends out what phones are available at the time, so everyone might not necessarily receive the same phone. If you would like to upgrade, you can choose from the phones sold on the Wireless for Hope website.
Times are Changing
It seems like free cell phone companies offer smartphones as a way to expand their customer base. They are constantly expanding territory and improving benefits to their users. Just a few years ago they were offering 250 free minute and basic phones. Today many free cell phone companies offer smartphones.
Most noteworthy, there is a new administration looking to cut the federal budget. We wish them much success, but most of all we hope the Lifeline Assistance program, will continue to help, the most need of the population.